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03/19/2015 - 20:46

Ms. Cousin and Ambassador Lane are visiting to get an update on the troubling food security situation and to raise awareness of the plight of civilians affected by conflict in the young nation. An estimated 2.5 million people are facing acute hunger, unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

Conflict erupted in South Sudan in late 2013 and has displaced 2 million people, disrupted livelihoods and sharply worsened levels of hunger and malnutrition. WFP fears that food insecurity will only get worse as we move into the lean season without an end to the conflict in sight.

JUBA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, accompanied by the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, will make a three-day trip to South Sudan from today.
03/13/2015 - 08:06

Clark and Cousin emphasized the importance of ensuring that humanitarian assistance is provided to all those who are in need, and that there is also strong support for development leading to inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all. They commended all partners who are providing assistance, including in challenging circumstances.

YANGON - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with government officials in Nay Pyi Taw, and visited Sittwe, in Rakhine State, on a two-day visit to Myanmar this week.
03/12/2015 - 09:45

The United Nations calls on the public, Member States, world leaders and the wider humanitarian community to join the #WhatDoesItTake social media campaign to express their frustrations around the deteriorating humanitarian situation and to send a message of solidarity with the people of Syria so they do not give up hope.

“This crisis has a tragic human cost,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos. “Syrians need peace now – they need to know that the world is committed to securing their children’s future.”

(New York, 11 March 2015) – More than 200,000 people have been killed since the Syria crisis began in March 2011. The UN estimates that 12.2 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance, while more than 11 million have been forced to flee their homes.
03/05/2015 - 09:30

On International Women’s Day (March 8) this year, I want to pay tribute to the girls and women who dream big. Empowering women empowers humanity. At the World Food Programme, we believe that women and girls who are empowered will lead to our ultimate goal, a world with zero hunger. Women and their work – paid and unpaid -- are central to the production, preparation and provision of food, so are essential to food and nutrition security.

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme ROME - Picture it -- a Nepali schoolgirl on the top of Mount Everest. At primary school, where she received WFP school meals, Nimdoma used to dream of doing extraordinary things. She made her dream come true and didn’t stop at Everest, which she conquered when she was 17 years old. Nimdoma, a wonderful example of women’s empowerment, went on to climb the highest mountain on every continent with a Nepali, all-woman, climbing team.
02/06/2015 - 12:01

In 2012, Kenji travelled to Jordan as the filming coordinator for a prime time TV programme aired in Japan. It featured WFP’s activities supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan in a very positive light and raised WFP’s profile in Japan.

Staff who were lucky enough to work closely with him testify that Kenji was a truly exceptional journalist and a true humanitarian. They remember how genuinely interested he was in the plight of people.

Statement from WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin ROME - As the world mourns the senseless murder of Kenji Goto, the Syria Crisis staff of the United Nations World Food Programme are remembering him for the incredible support he provided to WFP in the last few years of his life. Kenji was an ally in the fight against hunger, covering our Syria operations extensively and traveling to refugee camps with our staff on a regular basis.